Jan 282014
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We’re a little bit over the cold weather here at our house.  It’s definitely had us missing Florida and the “brisk” 40s-50s we usually experienced in the winter down there.  I’ve been daydreaming about us just tossing our things in a suitcase and taking off on a road trip in search of the sun and possibly a little sand.

Honestly, though, if we were going to take a road trip right now, it would probably be north.  I know, right into more cold, what’s up with that?  But it’s actually been warmer in Northern Maine than it has been here some days, and at least they have the right type and amount of snow to both play in and ski on.

New England Road Trip Ideas with Enterprise

When we road trip, we like to rent a vehicle to drive.  It’s nice not to add the wear and tear to our own car, and we get pick out an SUV that has plenty of space for toting around all the supplies needed for a family that includes a toddler.  And renting with Enterprise allows us to Plus our Points through the Enterprise Plus program.  Learn more about it on the Enterprise Plus Your Points promotion website.

New England Road Trip

New England Road Trip Ideas: Stop in Boston, MA

We also love to stop in Boston; it’s one of my favorite cities in the country.  When we visit the Aquarium, Museum of Science, Faneuil Hall, and a Red Sox game are high on our list of must-dos.  I’m also a little partial to the Museum of Fine Arts, but it would be a little tedious for Bubbles at this age.

New England Road Trip Ideas: Visit Acadia National Park in Maine

Once in Maine we like to swing by Acadia National Park.  I’ve loved hiking the trails there since I was a kid, and watching and listening to the water come in at Thunder Hole.  Of course, popping over to Bar Harbor for a lobster roll and handmade ice cream is always a treat, too.

I’m pretty good at reading a map, but we do usually add a GPS to our rental (and qualifying rentals earn double points!).  It gives me a little peace of mind and through March 31, 2014 also give us 50 bonus points as part of Plus Your Points.  I can even send a Tweet while we’re stopped at a gas station and earn an extra 20 points.

Lots of things – even referring friends – can put us closer towards free rental days.  And because the points have no blackout dates, our road trip fun will be on our schedule, not someone else’s.

All point activity is tracked through the “Plus Your Points” website. A participant must register for the “Plus Your Points” promotion in order to receive points. To enroll in the Enterprise “Plus Your Points” promotion, click here. You’ll be asked to enter your Enterprise Plus Member # upon enrollment (if you don’t yet have an Enterprise Plus Member #, you can sign-up for Enterprise Plus here: http://bit.ly/1gqnh5c

What New England road trip ideas do you have to share?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  36 Responses to “New England Road Trip Ideas”

  1. Oh, so many! The one thing I do love about living in Maine, despite the snow and cold winters, is how gorgeous the scenery is here. I love driving up Cadillac Mountain, the amazing beach at Echo Lake in Southwest Harbor, beautiful ocean views at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, Baxter State Park, near Millinocket, which has lots of great views of Mt. Katahdin, ice cream at The Old Dutch Treat in Trenton is a must, Santa’s Village and Storyland in New Hampshire. Those are just a few of my faves!

  2. I live right outside of Boston, but when we want to road trip it, we head to Provincetown (on the cape) or the White Mountains of NH. There is so much to do in this part of the country :)

  3. I’ve never been past the DC area on a road trip. I’d love to eventually drive all the way up to Niagara Falls and then back.

  4. I haven’t done a lot of New England road trips yet, but I do love Boston. We were just there last summer, and the whole family had a blast!

  5. I love that park I can see myself taking pictures there. I have never been to Maine but I have been to Boston the food….so good.

  6. OH I absolutely LOVE travelling!! It’s pretty much what all our extra income gets saved for!! Next summer we’re heading to Oregon for a week and need to rent a car so I’ll have to check out Enterprises prices. Acadia National Park looks beautiful! Just my kind of place!

  7. I have never taken a road trip to New England however I did travel from NYC to Boston via the Amtrak Acela and the views were breathtaking. I would definitely like to drive it one day. New England is an American Beauty.

  8. I absolutely love coastal New Hampshire. I once walked the coastline from where Massachusetts and New Hampshire meet to as far north as I could walk in New Hampshire (I could see the Maine coast across the water). It was a 17+ mile walk but absolutely beautiful. If you get a chance, I’d visit Wentworth by the Sea and The Cliff House while in New England!

  9. I love walking around Boston. So much history there.

  10. I love Maine, but I havent been there for years. It’s a pretty place to see and cheap fish.

  11. Now you have me eager to take a return trip to Acadia National Park. It’s one of my favorite travel memories as a child!

  12. I’d love to go to Boston. I’m a history geek :-)

  13. These are such great destinations! My husband and I really have been wanting to take a New England Road Trip.

  14. I love to travel and New England is one destination I have never been to. My mom and step father did go to Boston last year and said that it was incredible. There was so much to do!

  15. yeah for new england! i’m born and raised up here. always something to do in new england, and pretty sights to see

  16. I’ve never been to New England. I would love to take a week in the summer some time and explore the area with the family. :)

  17. Great post! We travel a lot but have not been to New England in years. The furthest north we have been is NYC. This post makes me want to take a road trip north…as soon as all of the snow melts that it.

  18. Boston has always been one of my favorite cities, too! We’re thinking of spending our spring break driving north through New England. We’ll have to check out Enterprise as we make plans.

  19. There are so many great road trips to plan here in the the Northeast! That’s why I love living so close to all these beautiful places. Acadia National Park is a must-see, for sure. Hoping to plan a weekend trip to the Montpelier, VT area to visit my sister soon!

  20. Thank you for this! I am so unfamiliar with the New England area that I wouldn’t know where to begin! I’ve always wanted to go up and visit the light houses of Maine, but I know there are so many other things to do!

  21. I have wanted to visit the New England area for many years! Thanks for the road trip ideas!

  22. It was warmed in Anchorage Alaska this week than it was here in ATL. Being a Southerner who has lived up north, I’ve had my share of snow, and NO thank you!! We usually take Enterprise when we rent because they pick you up!

  23. I’d love to visit New England for a road trip! I’ve never been up north, but I imagine its beautiful!

  24. such a beautiful view. i’d love to take a long road trip and take in the scenery

  25. I’ve always wanted to go to Boston! We mostly stick to the west coast because everything is within driving distance. But someday I WILL make it to Boston!

  26. I want to go to Boston one day!! Thanks for the ideas!

  27. I’ve never been to New England, but it’s on my bucket list! I bet it’s so beautiful up there. I’ve rented from Enterprise before and had a really good experience.

  28. I’ve actually been to Boston. It’s a lovely city. I haven’t been to Acadia National Park but now that you highlighted it, I’ll need to add to my travel list

  29. I’ve never been further north than New York (with the exception of a few trips to Canada, via Buffalo NY.) I would love to visit Maine one day!

  30. We have been wanting to travel from Michigan to Maine for quite some time. It’s on my grandmothers bucket list and I want to make it happen for her.

  31. I have been wanting to take a trip to New England. Thanks for the tips.

  32. I’ve never been to New England. I would love to visit someday especially Boston, Cape Cod and NYC!

  33. I don’t have any experience with a New England road trip but I would LOVE to go to lobster fest in Maine this year! Enterprise sounds like the way to go when we fly up there this summer!

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